Waking up earlier to catch a decent time to ride is my newest task to improve my cycling mentality. I have been hit and miss the last few days with waking-up early to catch a good mellow ride. If I wait too long into late morning/ early afternoon, it’s already too late. By that time if the wind doesn’t slow you down, the heat will. It’s very dry here, and the summer can prove to be a test on your stamina plus you must worry about being cooked alive. The wind in addition to the heat can simulate what feels like being on the inside of dryer. It’s not an ideal town to ride through, but certain places and times warrant a decent ride.
My goal for each day is to ride 25-30 miles a day, and pace myself at 16 MPH. I choose Spring Valley Lake to do my laps. A short lap around the lake is 3 miles, and the outer ring is closer to 4. I also alternate laps, making every other one closer to five miles with a decent incline. I recently downloaded an APP for my phone called “map my workout” which helps me monitor: calories burned, MPH, and distance. I am not certain of it’s accuracy but it works with GPS so it should be decent about it’s records.
My bicycle is an late 80’s, early 90’s Miyata 12 speed Road Bike. I scored it at the salvation army in Hesperia off main street for $45. I was fortunate to bargain with the clerk, because it was originally $175, but saturdays are half off, and I offered her all the cash I had on me. That’s one of the perks to frequenting a local thrift store, and getting to know the ladies who run it. It’s got a pretty ugly paint job but the bike itself is a great ride. It has Shimano components making everything run very smooth and the bike lighter. I am going to have the paint stripped down soon and re-painted in a turquoise or forrest green color, still unsure about that one. I’d like to the bike to be in best condition possible. Of course I’d like to get an upgrade someday, but for my workouts the bike works very well, and I am somewhat emotionally attached to it.